What is Pilates and Yoga?

What’s the difference between Pilates and Yoga?

While the methods are different, Pilates and Yoga both develop strength, balance, flexibility, posture and good breathing technique.

Both systems emphasise the connection between physical and mental health, although yoga places more emphasis on relaxation and uses meditation.

Pilates is performed both on apparatus and mats depending on the environment, whereas classic yoga does not require any equipment. Pilates exercises are performed in a flow of movement without the static poses associated with yoga.

Pilates aims to strengthen the body in an even way, with particular emphasis on core strength to improve general fitness and wellbeing. Regular pilates can improve posture, muscle tone, balance and joint mobility, as well as relieve stress and tension. There’s some evidence that pilates can provide pain relief to people with non-specific lower back pain.

The main components of yoga are postures (a series of movements designed to increase strength and flexibility) and breathing. Yoga improves balance by strengthening your lower body – particularly your ankles and knees – thereby reducing your chances of falls in later life.

Who is it suitable for?

Anyone! Our classes are suitable from beginners to experienced participants, from 18 year olds to the older adult. All equipment is provided in each session.

Our small group classes run at a maximum of 8 people so you get the most from your instructor.

Our sessions can help with:

Long term back or neck problems – from chronic back pain to scoliosis

Pre & Post-natal – for mum’s to be and anyone more than 6 weeks post natal

Sport specific strength and conditioning

Balance and flexibility

Decreased stress and tension and positive mental health

Pricing & location

Courses are run from our Cross Hands clinic term time only and cost £9 per class block booked per term e.g. £45 for 5 weeks (length of term depending).

Unfortunately we are unable to run drop in classes at present due our small class numbers.

Our Cross Hands clinic address is:

1st Floor Unit 1, Clos Gelliwerdd, Cross Hands Business Park, Cross Hands, Llanelli SA14 6RX

We are opposite Cafe Rhiannon in the industrial estate. To get into the clinic, please come around the back of TC Wales into the car park by the sign for Align Therapies and we are upstairs.

For more information or to book email info@aligntherapies.co.uk